Photos courtesy of AD6X, Rich

    Annual SJHF Picnic - Roeding Park Fresno - May 4, 2019

Net Manager:                        Jim Wintemute AA6F

Net Secretary:                      Ken Martzen W6WMD

Assistant Net Secretary:   Jeff Lillard  AD6RH

                                                                            San Joaquin Net History

                                                        The San Joaquin net was formed April 28, 1959, by                                                               K6EJT Bill with a group of amateur radio operators                                                             that included:
                                                        Al K6RPL, Roger K6HEZ, Alex W6BWM, Fred WA6AFW,                                                         Joe W6YQK, Jim K6ZFM, Floyd W6MJS, Verne K6EBO,                                                             John W6QRB, Sam K6OBG, Charlie K6SWW and Mike                                                           WA6OLG.
They met on 3.915 Kc every night but Sundays and holidays.
Members gave a weather report from their area.
The net increased in members, and changed the name to The San
Joaquin Net.  The net has grown to a membership of over seventy
members with Q T H's throughout California.

                                                                                  The history of the San Joaquin Net was
                                            Compiled by Edith L. "Salley"  Nikkel  WB6FOA  of Pleasant Hill and copied
                                                                          by Harry L.  "Bud" Odgers WA6OVE of El Portal
                                                                                                         April, 1991

 Last Year's Annual Picnic

Back Row: Jack WY6B, Glenita KB6PKN, Rich AD6X, Ken W6WMD, Jim AA6F, Jim WA6KKD, Myron WA6BLB, Sarah WD6FUF,

Robert K6LYI, Larry AD6W, Bill WB6FEH 

​Front Row: Shirley  KD6DJD, Cathy KJ6EM, Bob K6RMW, Bob K6GDI, Mike WB6VGL, Roger WD6CNV 

​Not Pictured But Attending: Chuck W6DPD

Edith L. "Salley" Nikkel, WB6FOA

San Joaquin Net meets Monday-Saturday on 3918 khz, at 6 PM Pacific Time

Name tagging courtesy of WA6BLB

​Celebrating 60 years of service!

 George Stevans


      Silent Key

December 19, 1927        August 6, 2019

AD6F, Rich - Our official "candid" photographer

The 2019 San Joaquin Net Picnic was held on Saturday,  May 4th at Roeding Park in Fresno at the Pine Grove Shelter. Set up began shortly after 9:00 and people started trickling in after that.  As usual, there was a great spread of salads and desserts to accompany the entrees and the perfectly grilled hot dogs by Jim -  AA6F!


Photo courtesy of Bill, WB6FEH

The annual San Joaquin Net Picnic was held at Roeding Park in Fresno on Saturday, May 12, 2018. This year the picnic was asgain located at the Pine Gove Shelter at the northeast corner of the park. Approximately 20 hams were in attendance this year.

Thanks to Sarah WD6FUF, Bill WB6FEH, AD6X Rich (our "official photographer") and Myron WA6BLB for supplying these pictures.


 Harry L. "Bud" Odgers, WA6OVE

     It is with great sadness that the San Joaquin HF Net acknowledges the passing of George Stevans on August 6, 2019.

     George was first licensed in 1956 under the call of KN6SNA. In his biography on George submitted the following: Current operating conditions consist of an Icom IC-761 feeding an 80 meter inverted V which gets all band coverage when run through tuner. Also, I am active with MARS and the local ARES group. I held the call K1LVW during my tenure at ARRL headquarters from 1959 to 1962. I am on the Board of Directors for the Modesto radio museum which is devoted to preservation of Modesto's place in broadcast history. Go to, to see more on this endeavor.

    George was featured as our second "Station of the Month" in WA6MIZ's column found on this website. Scroll down on the "Member News" section to read about George.
     Services for George include: Viewing Tuesday, August 13, 4-8 PM with graveside services being held on Wednesday, August 14 at 10 AM at Lakewood Memorial Park located at 900 Santa Fe Road in Hughson, CA 95326. Following the graveside service a reception will be held at George's home. Maps will be available at the service

CLICK HERE, to read George's obituary.

                            San Joaquin Net News:​​

5/4/2019 - Sarah, WD6FUF located pictures from the 2014 San Joaquin Net Picnic. You can view these pictures by clicking the "ACTIVITIES" tab.

2/27/19 - Make sure to check out the latest "San Joaquin Net Featured Station" article that shares information about Chuck McConnel, W6DPD. Steve, WA6MIZ, continues to collect and write up information about our members even though he has gone QRT for a couple of months from our net (antenna cabling issues covered with snow in Idaho).

9/20/18 - Steve, WA6MIZ  has been a member of the SJV Net for some time, but went off the air for awhile because of a major move. Steve has made some great progress on his new shack in Boise, Idaho, and shares his story and some great pictures in a special article found under the "Member News" tab of this web page. Scroll on past all of the "Featured Stations" to read all about Steve's adventures in Idaho.

9/6/18  - WA6MIZ, continues his special contribution of a "San Joaquin Net Featured Station" with a FIFTH installment. Steve was instrumental in developing this feature and as promised has been providing us with regular updates.   In this article, Steve shares information about Walt Schivo, KB6BKN, that will amaze you.


8/19/18 - With sadness we announce the passing of Bob Curtis, W6QCV, of Arcadia, CA on 8/17/18 at the age of 93. Many of you will remember Bob as a long-time member of our San Joaquin Valley Net. This information was passed to us from Earl Curtis, KI6BEC. If we receive additional information we will pass it along to you.

5/1/18 - Roger, WD6CNV shares a personal insight into how he became interested in Ham Radio. This brings back memories of similar adventures building first radios! To read his account, click the "Member News" tab and scroll on down.

4/21/18 -​   Bill, WB6FEH; Roger WD6CNV; Phil N6OMM and Myron, WA6BLB all connected at the Annual DX Convention held in Visalia on April 21, 2018. See their mugs on "Activities" Tab. 

Thank you Sarah Corum, WD6FUF, for sending along some additional pictures from the 2017 picnic. These can be found under the "Activities" tab mixed in with pictures sent by Rich, AD6X. She also emailed some treasurers from a 1998 San Joaquin HF Net campout and one of her as Net Control from January 2001. These pictures re under the "Members" tab and a part of "A trip Down Memory Lane".

Thanks to Bill, WB6FEH, for providing some great pictures and text from the past. Click on the "Members" tab and scroll down to "A Trip Down Memory Lane" to view pictures from the collection of WB6OTB (SK). 

​3/21/18 - Our own, K6RMW, Bob Wisler from Watsonville, has a letter published in the April 2018 QST Edition. His letter is about checking into the 3918 kHz net from Yosemite. You can read the article by clicking on the new "MEMBER NEWS" tab above.

3/17/18 - Bob, K6RMW, passed along an update on Marty, W6ZD, You can read the update on Marty by clicking on the new "MEMBER NEWS" tab above.

Thank you to Rich, AD6X, for providing the pictures of past picnics and camp outs. The 2017 picnic pictures are now posted under the "Activities" page.